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Entries by Gerry Smith from 02/2013

Energy Department Hacked, Personal Data of Employees Stolen

Posted 02.04.2013 | Technology

Hackers broke into the computer network of the Department of Energy last month and stole personal data belonging to several hundred employees and cont...

Microsoft Takedown Busts Up Global Botnet Cybercrime Ring

Posted 02.06.2013 | Technology

Thousands of computer users around the world received startling news Wednesday when they tried to search online: their PCs were infected and used by h...

Historic Blizzard Tests Wireless Flaws Exposed By Sandy

Posted 02.08.2013 | Technology

In the past two years, residents of Bethel, Conn., have been hit by three massive snowstorms that knocked out power for days. Each time, nearby cell t...

Google Chrome Blocks Popular Websites For Being Infected With Malware

Posted 02.11.2013 | Technology

Google Chrome users have been blocked from visiting several popular websites in recent days after their browsers warned those sites could infect their...

Obama's Cybersecurity Order Weaker Than Previous Proposals

Posted 02.12.2013 | Technology

President Barack Obama said during his State of the Union address Tuesday that he had signed an executive order aimed at protecting government and bus...

Obama Calls For Immigration Reform To Attract Engineers, Skilled Entrepreneurs During SOTU

Posted 02.12.2013 | Technology

During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama called for reforms to the nation's immigration system that would help highly-ski...

AT&T And Other Internet Providers Still Not Delivering Advertised Speeds: FCC

Posted 02.15.2013 | Technology

Some Internet providers, notably AT&T, are still not delivering the speeds they advertise to consumers, according to a new report by the Federal Commu...

Facebook Hacked In 'Sophisticated Attack,' Company Reveals

Posted 02.15.2013 | Technology

Facebook said Friday that its internal computer network was breached in "a sophisticated attack" last month, but said no user data was compromised. ...

Anonymous Helps Researchers Link Hackers To Chinese Army

Posted 02.19.2013 | Technology

An American computer security company released an explosive report Tuesday linking a Chinese military unit to a growing number of cyber attacks agains...

Apple Hack Signals No Company Safe From Latest Malware Attack

Posted 02.19.2013 | Technology

Apple said Tuesday its employees' computers had been hacked, signaling that even a company once thought to be hacker-proof is vulnerable to a sophisti...

Hackers Who Attacked Twitter, Facebook, Apple May Have 'Hundreds' More Victims

Posted 02.20.2013 | Technology

The hackers who attacked Twitter, Facebook and Apple employees likely claimed many more victims, an expert said Wednesday. But exactly how many rem...

NBC.com Hacked, Experts Say Website May Have Spread Malware

Posted 02.21.2013 | Technology

The website NBC.com was hacked Thursday and security experts warn that visitors to the site may have infected their computers with malicious software....

Aspen Institute Hacked By Spies Snooping On Employee Email

Posted 02.21.2013 | Technology

Hackers spied on employees at the Aspen Institute for two months, snooping on their email correspondence before the FBI discovered the breach and trac...

Apple Is Working With NYPD To Track Down Stolen iPhones and iPads

Posted 02.22.2013 | Technology

New York police officers have started working with Apple to combat a crime that is sweeping the country: theft of iPhones and iPads. Nationwide, ma...

HTC Security Flaws Let Hackers Listen To Phone Calls, Read Text Messages

Posted 02.22.2013 | Technology

HTC, the Taiwanese cell phone maker, allowed hackers to read consumers' text messages, track their locations and listen to their phone calls by failin...

White House Grants Aaron Swartz's Wish: Taxpayer-Funded Research Will Be Free

Posted 02.25.2013 | Technology

Aaron Swartz, a well-known Internet activist who killed himself last month, believed that information should free, not digitized and put behind pay wa...

'Six Strike' System, Slowing Or Suspending Internet For Illegal Downloads, Takes Effect Monday

Posted 02.25.2013 | Technology

A controversial strategy to combat Internet piracy took effect Monday, meaning subscribers who illegally share movies or songs could be punished by lo...

Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy

Posted 02.28.2013 | Technology

Potential customers don't need to ask whether The Wayland, a chic bar in Manhattan's East Village, accepts credit cards. They can just read the sign -...